What is it?

Trich is a common STI caused by a tiny parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.

What are the symptoms?

Trich is very common, but many infected men and women will not have any symptoms.

Symptoms in women include:

  • Soreness, swelling and itching around the vagina and inner thighs
  • A change in vaginal discharge – it may appear thicker, thinner, frothy or yellow or green in colour and it may have an unpleasant, fishy smell
  • Pain or discomfort when peeing
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Pain in your lower stomach

Symptoms in men include:

  • Pain after peeing and ejaculation (coming)
  • Thin white discharge from the penis
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Inflamed (red and swollen) foreskin

How do I get tested?

Visit your GP or one  of our clinics for an examination and swab test.

Is there any treatment?

Trich is treated quickly and easily with antibiotics.

How can I prevent it?

Condoms are the only form of contraception to protect you against STIs.

If you would like to know more about Trich, visit the NHS Choices website.

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